Category: CircleUp News & Resources

Why We Invested in Heyday

We are thrilled to announce our recent investment in Heyday. Founded by Adam Ross and Michael Pollak in 2015, Heyday is a skincare services platform that provides customers personalized facial treatments, curated product recommendations, and expert advice. Heyday delivers a new model: an omnichannel solution, made up of physical locations for in-person facial services as ...

Why We Invested in Pop & Bottle

We are excited to announce our investment in Pop & Bottle. Founded by Blair Fletcher and Jash Mehta and based in San Francisco, Pop & Bottle manufactures plant-rich ready to drink superfood lattes. Consumers are drawn to the creamy smooth texture and the all-natural organic ingredients including almonds, dates, turmeric, and cacao. Even more notable ...

Reflections on the Annual Food & Nutrition Conference

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/selection-food-that-good-heart-rustic-376923973 A few weeks ago, I attended the Annual Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) in Washington D.C., where I had the opportunity to see some newly emerging dietary trends. The conference is an annual gathering of nutritionists and dietitians; brands have the opportunity to reach this community by showcasing healthy, better-for-you products. According ...

Digital Marketing 101 [webinar]

Learn how to scale your business in today’s digital world. From detailed case studies to insights on how to execute digital marketing best practices, you’ll learn the basics from Jim Huffman of GrowthHit. This webinar covers: –Digital Marketing 101 –How to Know You’re Ready for Growth –How to Setup Your Marketing Infrastructure –How to Run ...

Why I Joined CircleUp- From Working at a Consumer Startup to Investing in Them

“Do consumer products really matter?” A friend asked me this question after I shared the details of my new role at CircleUp Growth Partners, where I’m part of a small team that invests in high-growth consumer brands. It’s a good question – one I’ve heard (and even asked) before. In answering it, I thought about ...

The Rise of the VC Platform: Implications for Consumer Investing

PART I: A NEED FOR DIFFERENTIATION IN VENTURE CAPITAL If your only impression of Venture Capital (VC) came from what you read or saw in the news, you’d think that VC is a guaranteed way to make money.  With “Unicorn” becoming a household term, celebrities like Kobe Bryant and others making millions on their early-stage ...

Why I joined CircleUp

After spending 15 years focused on investing in consumer and retail companies in the public markets, I was struck with the feeling that there must be something more. Don’t get me wrong, it felt great investing in a stock and watching it go from $10 to $14 a share and reaping that 40% return.   ...

Why I joined CircleUp

Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to work with a top tier investment bank and leading quant hedge fund. I had the chance to build mathematical models for multi-million dollar private investments at Goldman Sachs, and manage a billion dollar systematic macro fund at AQR Capital. Two absolutely amazing firms, with world class people ...

Market Size of Consumer Private Investing- How Big Could This Possibly Be?

In 2012, when CircleUp’s founders were raising a seed round, many VCs scoffed at the idea of a consumer-focused (food, beverage, personal care, pet, etc.) investment play. One tech VC even said “I don’t even know what consumer is, I literally can’t think of a single CPG product.”  Another well known VC scoffed at our ...

Announcing the CircleUp25 2018 Winners

This post originally appeared in Forbes.  This marks the sixth year of CircleUp25, our awards recognizing some of the most innovative consumer and retail brands of the year. CircleUp25 is decided on by our expert judges and Helio, our machine learning platform that identifies, classifies, and evaluates 1.4 million brands. This year saw fierce competition ...